Horace Clifford – The Master of Summer House Architecture

Horace Gifford (1932 – 1992) was a celebrated beach house architect of the Sixties, Seventies, and early Eighties. He led the modernist transformation of New York’s Fire Island in a career that produced seventy homes across Fire Island and thirty more further afield. These beach houses were a lesson in sustainable design before green building was in vogue. They are generally modest in size, artfully wedded to their sites and wrought in now-weathered wood and glass. Though critically praised and published during his lifetime, Horace Gifford is now an obscure figure outside of the small coastal communities where he focused his efforts. Gifford died in 1992 after a long battle with AIDS. Find the book here.


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